Event ID 1101 — Group Policy Preprocessing (Active Directory)

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Group Policy processing requires Active Directory. The Group Policy service reads and updates information stored in Active Directory. The absence of Active Directory (or a domain controller) prevents Group Policy from applying to the computer or user.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1101
Source: Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
Version: 6.0
Symbolic Name: gpEvent_OU_NOTFOUND
Message: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not locate the directory object %8. Group Policy settings will not be enforced until this event is resolved. View the event details for more information on this error.


Correct retrieving linked Group Policy objects

The Group Policy service failed to obtain a list of Group Policy objects (GPOs) linked to an Active Directory object.

To correct retrieving a list of linked GPOs:

  1. Find the error code displayed in the error event. The error code appears on the Details tab of the error event. The error code and error description fields may help identify the reason for the failure.
  2. Identify if the failure happened during user or computer processing. For user policy processing, the User field of the event will show a valid user name; for computer policy processing, the User field will show "SYSTEM".
  3. Verify permissions on the Active Directory object listed in the error event. The object should have the following attributes available with read access for the user or computer account:
    • gPLink
    • gPOptions
  4. Use Active Directory troubleshooting procedures to further diagnose the problem (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92708).


Group Policy applies during computer startup and user logon. Afterward, Group Policy applies every 90 to 120 minutes. Events appearing in the event log may not reflect the most current state of Group Policy. Therefore, you should always refresh Group Policy to determine if Group Policy is working correctly.

To refresh Group Policy on a specific computer:

  1. Open the Start menu. Click All Programs and then click Accessories.
  2. Click Command Prompt.
  3. In the command prompt window, type gpupdate and then press ENTER.
  4. When the gpupdate command completes, open the Event Viewer.

Group Policy is working correctly if the last Group Policy event to appear in the System event log has one of the following event IDs:

  • 1500
  • 1501
  • 1502
  • 1503

Group Policy Preprocessing (Active Directory)

Group Policy Infrastructure